The Real Deal Miami

Walmart-anchored project forces out mobile home tenants

About 30 residents must relocate by month's end
March 14, 2014 10:30AM

Future Walmart site at Riverbend Marketplace

Future Walmart site at Riverbend Marketplace

About 30 residents at a Fort Lauderdale trailer park must move out by the end of the month to make way for a large Walmart-anchored development.

The Sunset Colony Mobile Home Park residents received their notices last week, the Sun-Sentinel reported. A section of the park is part of the Riverbend Marketplace development site on the south side of Broward Boulevard. Project plans include a Walmart supercenter and space for dozens of other commercial tenants.

Because the tenants have month-to-month leases, state law only requires 15 days’ notice for the park’s closing. One tenant, Michael McCain, has lived in his trailer for 10 years and told the Sun-Sentinel he should have received at least three months’ notice. Park manager Michael Russell claimed the residents got the heads-up about the eventual closing more than a year ago. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis